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Pina Colada Time


You don't need to be on a tropical vacation to enjoy this tasty coconut beverage. Take today, July 10th as the day to indulge in a variation of this delicious drink, it's National Pina Colada Day!


Here are our top 3 choices for DIY Pina Coladas, there's even a healthy smoothie version.

Each recipe makes 2 delicious drinks. Enjoy!

1. The Classic (from Delish.com)

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. spiced rum

  • 4 oz. coconut milk

  • 1/3 c. fresh pinapple chunks

  • splash pineapple juice

  • 1 c. ice

  • 2 maraschino cherries

Directions

  1. Add rum, coconut milk, pineapple chunks and juice to a blender with ice. Blend until smooth.

  2. Pour into 2 glasses.

  3. Garnish each glass with a pineapple chunk and a maraschino cherry.

2. Tropical (from seriouseats.com)

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces (140g) very ripe peeled and cored pineapple or drained canned pineapple chunks (see note)

  • 1 3/4 ounces (50ml) unsweetened coconut cream, shaken or stirred well to incorporate fat

  • 1 ounce (30ml) simple syrup (see note)

  • 3/4 to 1 ounce (20-30ml) fresh juice from 1 lime

  • 2 1/2 ounces (75ml) white or gold rum, kept in freezer until freezer-cold

  • 4 ounces (115g) ice cubes

  • Pineapple slice and/or maraschino cherry, for garnish

Directions

1. In an airtight plastic container, combine pineapple, coconut cream, simple syrup, and 3/4 ounce lime juice, and transfer to freezer until frozen, at least one hour (the sugar in the mixture may prevent it from freezing solid; this is okay).

2. In a blender, combine frozen pineapple mixture with ice-cold rum and ice and blend until thick and slushy. Taste, then blend in the remaining 1/4 ounce lime juice, if desired. Pour into a large glass, garnish with pineapple and/or a cherry, and serve, with or without an paper umbrella and straw.

3. If you want to make multiple drinks, you can pre-batch up to a double recipe (a blender may not hold much more than that easily) in a single container, then divide after blending; for more than two drinks, use separate containers to hold more servings.

3. Healthy Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

  • 1 banana

  • 1/4 cup ice cubes

  • 2 teaspoons honey, optional

  • Pineapple wedges, for garnish

Directions

1. In a blender, combine the pineapple chunks, coconut milk, banana, ice, and, if desired, honey. Puree until smooth.

2. Pour into 2 large glasses.

3. Garnish each serving with a pineapple wedge.

Happy National Pina Colada Day!


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